Year: 1989 Source: Nursing Management, v.20, no.5, (May 1989), p.70-73 SIEC No: 19890921

This article details how a 500 bed hospital developed & implemented a hospital-wide policy for dealing with suicidal patients. Included are the resultant guidelines & the flow chart developed for easy reference. As a result of this newly designed policy, the hospital is able to provide consistently safe care to high risk patients, furnish staff with guidelines which give them confidence in their decisions & care, decrease the hospital’s potential legal liability, & to save on costs. (GW)